UNITED HAVE A SPORT­ING CHANCE

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE THIRD ROUND - By Craig Gib­bons

DIS­AP­POINTED Bromsgrove Sport­ing boss Paul Smith ad­mit­ted, “It felt like a de­feat” after Sam Wills missed a penalty deep into the sec­ond half of ex­tra-time to set­tle the tie.

The Rouslers and Coventry United will now bat­tle it out again on Wed­nes­day night for a place in the fourth round.

“We have dominated for 120 min­utes and had chance upon chance,” Smith said. “We have made two big mis­takes – one for their goal and two to miss a penalty.”

The Rouslers were on top from the out­set and were un­lucky not take to lead in the 13th minute when Ja­son Cow­ley’s ac­ro­batic over­head kick flew just wide of the far post.

But 15 min­utes later Sport­ing’s No.9 broke the dead­lock, fin­ish­ing off a fine flow­ing move. John Pykett’s low cross was smartly left by Sean Brain into the path of Cow­ley, whose ini­tial shot was saved by Richard Mor­ris, but he could make no mis­take from the re­bound.

United got them­selves back into it eight min­utes after half-time when Jack Jeys got on the end of a long ball up­field be­fore pok­ing be­yond on­rush­ing Sport­ing keeper Reece Francis. Al­though Sport­ing con­tin­ued to press, the hosts could not find a way to beat Richard Mor­ris in the United goal as the keeper made nu­mer­ous fine saves to force ex­tra-time. United’s job was made harder when sub­sti­tute Rob Prinzel was sent off for a high chal­lenge on Max Loveridge. And it looked as though Sport­ing would be go­ing through when they were awarded a penalty in the 116th minute after Cow­ley was fouled in the area only for skip­per Wills to send his shot wide of the mark. United man­ager Terry An­der­son said: “We were un­der the cosh for large parts. It is great to have the game back at ours on Wed­nes­day.”

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